2012 Ford
Flex SE
vs. 2012 Lincoln
MKT

2012 Lincoln MKT

9.7

Winner

Lincoln MKT

starting from

$45,175
"MKT brings to the party a confident driving demeanor."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKT's handling
"Quiet interior."
edmunds.com | talking about the MKT's noise

Reasons to buy the Lincoln MKT

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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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Moon roof
Standard
2012 Ford Flex SE

9.0

Runner-up

Ford Flex SE

starting from

$30,180

Reasons to buy the Ford Flex SE

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Power steering
Standard
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Limited cargo space
83.2 ft3
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Very inexpensive
$30,180
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Good braking distance from 60mph
128 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Almost the same
  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.5
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Almost the same
  • The MKT has 4 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 10 vs 6
Safety Features 8.8 vs 10.0
2012 Ford Flex SE Winner: Flex SE
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  • The Flex SE has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Cost 10.0 vs 9.5
2012 Lincoln MKT Winner: MKT
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs -
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  • Both have power outlets
  • Both have very limited cargo room
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Road Tests - vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Underpowered
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Overall 9.7 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the MKT 's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the MKT ; the Flex SE only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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Number of speakers 10 vs 6 The MKT has an OK number of speakers, while the Flex SE has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Standard vs Not Available If you want to keep the kids occupied with an entertainment system, it comes standard in the MKT ; no amount of money can buy it on the Flex SE

Safety Features

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The Flex SE has a good number of airbags, but the MKT is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Cost

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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MSRP $45,175 vs $30,180 The Flex SE has a great price and the MKT is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 17 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The MKT 's basic warranty covers lots of miles and the Flex SE is OK, too
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The MKT 's basic warranty is long lasting and the Flex SE is OK, too

Crash Test Ratings

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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Passengers 7 vs 7 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 75.9 ft3 vs 83.2 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 56.2 ft3 vs 57.6 ft3 The Flex SE has average-sized front seats, while the MKT is very cramped
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Base payload capacity Unknown vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs 10 The Flex SE has a good number of cupholders, but the MKT is just OK
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

Lincoln
MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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0-60 mph Unknown vs 9.0 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph 137 ft vs 128 ft The Flex SE has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the MKT is just OK
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 16.9 s s @ 85.0 mph mph
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Lateral acceleration 0.75 g vs 0.76 g The Flex SE has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average MKT
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Performance

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MKT
2012 Lincoln MKT
2012 Ford Flex SE Ford
Flex SE
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Horsepower 268 HP @ 6,250 RPM vs 262 HP @ 6,250 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The MKT 's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Not Available The MKT comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Flex SE
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.5 lb/hp vs 17.1 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.5 ft vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

2012 Ford Flex SE 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan Passenger Crew Flex SE vs Grand Caravan Passenger Crew
2012 Ford Flex SE 2011 Ford Edge SEL Flex SE vs Edge SEL
2012 Ford Flex SE 2011 Dodge Journey Mainstreet Flex SE vs Journey Mainstreet
2012 Ford Flex SE 2011 Honda Odyssey EX Flex SE vs Odyssey EX
2012 Ford Flex SE 2011 Toyota Highlander SE Flex SE vs Highlander SE
2012 Lincoln MKT 2011 Ford Explorer Limited MKT vs Explorer Limited
2012 Lincoln MKT 2011 Lincoln MKX MKT vs MKX
2012 Lincoln MKT 2012 GMC Acadia SLE MKT vs Acadia SLE
2012 Lincoln MKT 2011 Buick Enclave CXL MKT vs Enclave CXL
2012 Lincoln MKT 2011 Lincoln MKS MKT vs MKS

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